Skin ratings schedule gets modern makeover at VA

Jonathan Kaupanger
August 15, 2018 - 3:13 pm

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VA updated another part of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD).  This latest change modernizes the ratings schedule that evaluates conditions related to the skin.

Nothing was removed from the skin rating schedule, but several diagnostic codes were revised. You can find the complete list of updates to the rating schedule here

“VA remains committed to providing veterans the benefits they earned at the highest quality,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.  “With modern medicine advancing at a rapid rate, it’s important to ensure VA’s disability rating schedule and rating decisions reflect these advancements.”

If you have a claim pending before Aug. 13, both the old and new ratings criteria will be considered.  The ratings schedule that provides the most favorable benefits for the veteran will be applied to your claim. Claims filed on or after Aug. 13 are rated under the new rating schedule.

This is the fifth out of 15 updates for VASRD since fall of 2017.

Dental and Oral Conditions went into effect on September 10, 2017.  If you have a claim or appeal pending before Sept. 10, 2017, VA will consider both old and new rating criteria when making the decision.  All claims received by VA on or after Sept. 10, 2017 are rated under the new criteria.

Changes in the ratings for the Endocrine System started on December 10, 2017.  A claim or appeal in the system before this date, both old and new ratings will be used.  Anything after this date is rated with the new system.

On May 13, 2018 the new rating schedule for Gynecological Conditions and Disorders of the Breast and Eye Conditions took effect.  No conditions were removed from the new schedules for gynecological conditions and the disorders of the breast.  One update includes the addition of Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD) to this schedule. 

Several revisions were made to the rating formula for Eye Conditions, including a new definition of incapacitating episodes that more clearly measures the level of disability.   As with other changes, if you have a claim or appeal in the system before this date, both old and new ratings will be used.  Anything after this date is rated with the new system.

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